Marion Street second graders proudly dressed in red, white and blue as they honored the veterans in their lives during their patriotic sing along event on Nov. 15. Second grade classes at Marion Street Elementary School host the special event each year to show their appreciation for those who have served.
Family members and central administrators packed the school gymnasium as second grade teacher Anne Conway kicked off the event by expressing her gratitude for the veterans in attendance.
“We want to sincerely thank you for your service on behalf of all the citizens of our great country,” she said. “You honor us by your service and your presence here today.”
Students proudly entered the gymnasium holding their American flags high as they took their places on the bleachers. Together, the second graders performed patriotic songs such as “God Bless America,” “Yankee Doodle,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and “This Land Is Your Land.” Led by music teacher Kristen Scalice, veterans and family members were encouraged to sing along with the students.
Each second grader donned a patriotic button with their name on it which they created with the help of art teacher Patricia Wierzbicki. Select students also shared facts about America in between their song performances. At the conclusion of the event, students took photos and embraced their loved ones.